CSS clip-path property

The primary purpose of the clip-path property is to create a clipping region that sets which part of an element should be visible. Think of it as a mask where only the defined region is shown, and everything outside of it is hidden.

Syntax and Values

The basic syntax for the clip-path property is:

clip-path: <value>;

The values it can take include:

Using Basic Shapes

Basic shapes provide a simple way to define clipping regions:

Geometry Boxes

The reference box for the basic shape determines the coordinates’ system:

Practical Examples

When using clip-path with HTML, it’s applied directly to the element. With SVG, it references a clipPath element. For instance, a circle clip in HTML might be clip-path: circle(50%), while in SVG, you’d define a clipPath element and reference it with url(#myClip).

Comparatively, SVG offers more flexibility, especially for complex shapes, but HTML is more straightforward for simple clippings.

Browser Compatibility

Most modern browsers support the clip-path property. However, it’s always a good idea to check compatibility tables and test across browsers. For unsupported browsers, consider fallback designs or polyfills.